No. 2 Jaguars player that could be traded – K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB.
Let’s face it, linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson has not lived up to expectations, and it’s not even close. As a first-round draft pick coming out of LSU, “Swiper” was expected to develop into a powerful and speedy complimentary piece opposite of outside linebacker Josh Allen. He was drafted with the expectation that he’d shake off blocks and consistently get to the opposing quarterback in a hurry, especially with all the extra attention Allen was expected to attract on the other side of the line.
Time is simply running out for the former LSU star and it may be the perfect time for the Jaguars to cut ties with him and get what little value they can while it’s still there. Regardless of his perceived “bust” status so far in his career, there likely will be teams willing to risk a late-round draft pick in order to give the still-young outside linebacker a chance to prove himself with a fresh start. While he may have only two sacks and six tackles for loss in 31 career games (including 11 starts), he’s played on three different coaching staffs in as many seasons, which never helps a young edge rusher adjusting to the NFL.
You could make the argument that he deserves at least one more season with the Jaguars’ new defensive coaching staff to prove himself and show his expected explosiveness and long-awaited development, however, the NFL is not the most patient professional sports league. If a player hasn’t shown excellence and/or consistency in his first three seasons or so, he usually gets the boot. Chaisson, being a former first-round draft pick, is an exception due to the resources already invested by the Jaguars. Another team may see him as a project player and may want to invest a late-round pick via trade, given that most late-round draft picks do not make their respective final rosters anyway.
Possible Destinations – Atlanta Falcons or Philadelphia Eagles
Possible Compensation – 2023 6th-round draft pick